McCain to NYT: Don't Mess With the Missus

Fuming campaign suggests paper find Obama's 'drug dealer'
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2008 4:16 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his wife Cindy McCain pause on the tarmac after they deplane in Philadelphia, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – The McCain campaign and the New York Times are at it again after the paper published a partly unflattering profile of Cindy McCain today, Lynn Sweet reports for the Chicago Sun-Times. Mrs. McCain’s lawyer fired off an angry letter at the Times, asking why it drudged up old stories on Cindy's drug use and charitable life. "You have not tried to find Barack Obama's drug dealer that he wrote about in his book," he wrote. “There is a terrific lack of balance here."

A McCain spokesman echoed the sentiment, calling the Times' article "gutter journalism at its worst—an unprecedented attack on a presidential candidate's spouse. The New York Times has stooped lower than this campaign ever imagined possible in an attempt to discredit a woman whose only apparent sin is being married to the man that would oppose that paper’s preferred candidate, Barack Obama, in his quest for the Presidency."